From Christianity to Judaism: the story of Isaac Orobio de Castro
Published for The Littman Library by Oxford University Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 531 pages
Isaac Orobio de Castro, a crypto-Jew from Portugal, was one of the most prominent intellectual figures of the Sephardi Diaspora in the 17th century. After studying medicine and theology in Spain and pursuing a distinguished medical career, he was arrested by the Spanish Inquisition for practicing Judaism, tortured, tried, and imprisoned. He later emigrated to France and became a professor of medicine at Toulouse before openly professing his Judaism and going to Amsterdam to join the thriving Portuguese community there. Amsterdam was then a city of great cultural creativity and religious pluralism. In this atmosphere Orobio flourished, and went on to become an outstanding spokesman and apologist for the Jewish community. This fascinating biography sheds light on the intricate life of a unique Jewish community of former Christians who had openly returned to Judaism. It focuses on the particular dilemmas of the converts, their attempts to establish boundaries between their Christian past and their new identity, their internal conflicts, and their ability to create new forms of Jewish life and expression.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
A Long Brush with the Inquisition 163g1643
Building a Career in Andalusia
Imprisoned by the Seville Inquisition
18 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
17th cent Abraham Academia Alcala amongst Amsterdam aņos aunque Baltazar Baltazar Alvares Barrios Beinart Bible Cadiz chap Christian ciudad Congregation Talmud Torah crypto-Jewish crypto-Jews Cuenca d'Aguilar Daniel Levi Date dicha dicho Dios Doctor endeavoured evidence faith Floridos France Franco Mendes Fuks-M Gentiles Granada Hebrew holy hombre Iberian Iberian peninsula Ibid Inquisition inquisitors Isaac Aboab Isaac Cardoso Isaac Orobio Israel Jacob Jesus Joseph Joseph Penso Judaism Kaplan Leonor letter Limborch Luis Ma'amad Madrid Malaga Manuel Alvares Mencia messiah Mortera Moses Nunez Orobio de Castro Ouderkerk Paris Penso Pereyra pessos philosophical Pieterse poem Portugal Portuguese community Prado Prev Prevenciones Divinas printed pues Rabbi regarding religion religious Resp Respuesta Revah Rodriguez Sabbatai Sevi Sabbatean Seņor Sephardi seventeenth century Seville sino Spain Spanish Spinoza Title Toulouse tract translation Valdepeņas verdad Violante whilst writings Zepeda